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Local businesses ‘painting town pink’ to remind Aikenites of breast cancer

October 9, 2018

For the past year outside Tyler’s Tires on Richland Avenue, there has been a reminder for everyone who walks in: We support Breast Cancer Awareness.

Tyler’s Tires is one of the many businesses that participate in the Aiken Standard’s Paint the Town Pink initiative.

“First of all, I feel like it’s important to keep the awareness out there so that women, especially young women, will take the time to self examine, so they can catch it early,” said Bambi Harmon with Tyler’s Tires.

Harmon mentioned two people she is close to that have had breast cancer. For one of those women, the disease has come back in three different places; for another, it started out as breast cancer, and she ended up with pancreatic cancer, as well.

“It can progress over time,” Harmon said. “The earlier you can catch it, the better your chances are.”

Tyler’s keeps the sign up year-round to keep awareness on people’s minds, especially women, reminding them to be proactive.

“Like anything else, if you stop talking about it, then people just kind of forget about it,” Harmon said.

She said they want to keep the illness in people’s minds so that women will be checking for it.

This year is the second year of Paint the Town Pink, where businesses around Aiken County show their support for breast cancer awareness and survivors.

Signs can be purchased at the Aiken Standard for $25. Part of the proceeds from the sale go to the American Cancer Society.

For more information, call the Aiken Standard at 803-648-2311.

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